Backdrop: Beattie worked as a speechwriter and a policy aide for President Trump until August 2018. He was fired after it was reported that, in 2016, that he attended the H.L. Mencken Club Conference, a popular event among white nationalists that is monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center for hate speech. Beattie will be joining Gaetz's Capitol Hill office as a speechwriter.
GOP Congressman Chris Collins raises $5,000 in Q1, no individual contributions
In the first quarter of 2019, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) received $0 in campaign contributions from individuals for his re-election, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission.
The backdrop: Collins was charged in 2018 with 11 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and providing false testimony to investigators. The charges stem from insider trading involving an Australian drug company. In total, he has only been able to raise $5,000, which came from the campaign of another New York Republican who failed to secure a seat in last year's election, and 2 PACs. In the 2018 midterm election, Collins fundraised $280,000, reports The Daily Beast, despite his felony charges, and won a fourth term..